One of the best ways to ensure you stick with a daily writing habit is to have plenty of prompts on hand. Teens thrive when they are given boundaries with generous margins. The twenty writing prompts in this free printable May writing prompt calendar provide the perfect amount of structure to stimulate your high schooler while allowing for plenty of creative expression!
The calendar is not dated, so you can use it year after year whenever you need writing inspiration for your middle school or high school student. Each week features five different categories of prompts so your tween or teen isn’t stuck in a rut of only expository or only persuasive topics.
Example writing prompts from a week of the teen May writing prompt calendar
- persuasive — Convince the local school board either to do away with or emphasize cursive and manuscript handwriting.
- creative — Choose a favorite book and turn to page 9. Find the 3rd sentence on that page. Then write a story that begins with that sentence.
- argumentative — Do you think cell phones should be used educationally? How could your mom use a cell phone as a teaching tool? How could you use one as a learning tool? Explain whether you agree or disagree that a cell phone can distract you from your schoolwork.
- expository — Birthdays are celebrated in many different ways. Describe birthday festivities in your house, including the food, the gifts, and favorite family traditions.
- reflective — Each of us has experienced something scary, hurtful, or unpleasant—or done something we later regretted. If you could press a button to delete one such personal experience or event, would you do it? Why or why not?
Key to the 5 prompt types
The PERSUASIVE essay attempts to sway the reader to accept the writer’s position. Key Words: Persuade, convince, sway, argue, convert.
The CREATIVE essay tells a story or describes a situation, person, or location. Key Words: imagine, story, tell, describe, detail.
The ARGUMENTATIVE essay is developed from a thesis in which the student takes a stance/gives an opinion. Key words: Justify, prove, take a stance, agree or disagree, argue for or against, should you or should you not, why or why not.
An EXPOSITORY essay explains a premise. Key words: Define, describe, demonstrate, tell how, illustrate, explain, outline the steps needed, compare or contrast, distinguish between, show cause and effect, give examples.
The REFLECTIVE essay encourages students to analyze and write about their life, personality, and/or experiences. Reflective essays are much less academic in nature. Key words: your, you.
Ideas for using your teen May writing prompt calendar
There is no single way to use the calendar. It’s flexible, so you can make it work for you and your teenagers! Here are a few options.
- Let your tween highlight or cross off the prompts as she uses them.
- Number the pages with the dates she has homeschool lessons in May.
- Let your teen skip around on the calendar, choosing the prompts out of order.
- Pin the calendar to a bulletin board where it will be seen daily.
- Assign a certain number of the twenty prompts, letting your high schooler select the ones she prefers.
- Tape or glue the calendar into a composition notebook or journal.
- Focus on a different type of writing each week or month, choosing only those particular prompts.
- Each month, select one or two of your teens’s daily journal entries to take through the full writing process for composing a complete essay.
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Would you prefer to have these prompts delivered to your inbox each day? Sign up for our teen prompt of the day emails, and that’s exactly what you will get. Each morning, Monday through Friday, you will receive a new message with a writing prompt you can use that day in your homeschool writing lessons.